Republican Rep. Todd Akin is calling on evangelical Christians and pro-life conservatives to help him keep his Senate campaign afloat after his controversial "legitimate rape" comment.
Akin issued a fundraising appeal this week, saying the "liberal elite" are trying to keep a "strong, pro-life conservative" out of the Senate.
Akin insisted he's not quitting the Missouri Senate race. Although many top Republicans, including GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, have called on him to drop out.
When asked recently about whether he would support abortions for women who have been raped, Akin responded saying it's "really rare" for a woman to get pregnant from rape.
"If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," he added.
The comment created a storm of criticism, and he's since apologized for the misstep.
Akin will skip next week's Republican National Convention in Tampa.